Musical coincidences # 367

February 21, 2013

My friend Michael (Hi, Michael!) provided this coincidence.

Take it away, Michael…

Four Tops – “It’s The Same Old Song (1965) (excerpt)

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The Spindles – “And The Band Played On (1966) (excerpt)

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Update: Perspicacious reader/listener Fitzall (Hi, OneSize!) commented on this coincidence by saying…

I noticed that in the Somebody’s Image ’67 version of “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” (Dylan), the intro used is “The Same Old Song”. Weird.

You’re not wrong there, Fitzbo.

Somebody’s Image – “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue (1967)

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Now, before we get to the full versions of the other songs I’d like to say that what I hear from The Spindles isn’t a case of creative license. I think it’s more a case of non-creative theft.

Here are the full versions:

Four Tops – “It’s The Same Old Song (1965) (mono)

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Four Tops – “It’s The Same Old Song (1965) (stereo)

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The Spindles – “And The Band Played On (1966)

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Song of the day: Bram Tchaikovsky – "I’m A Believer"

December 31, 2009

If you’re going to cover “I’m A Believer” then I reckon this is the way to do it – not by playing it the way The Monkees played it (Smash Mouth, I’m looking at you), but by playing it as if it’s a Status Quo song…

Bram Tchaikovsky – “I’m A Believer” (1979)

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Here’s the version most people are familiar with:

The Monkees – “I’m A Believer” (1966)

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As a super-tremendously-wonderfully-splendidly-magnificent bonus, here are three more versions of the song that I like – versions that don’t come from the “Hey, let’s play it the way The Monkeees played it!” template.

First, here are The Four Tops giving the song a bit of soul, Motowning it up good and proper:

The Four Tops – “I’m A Believer” (1967)

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Second, here’s UK singer Robert Wyatt with a very UK – and very 70’s – version:

Robert Wyatt – “I’m A Believer” (1974)

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And lastly, here’s Brazilian big band Fórmula 7 with a hip ‘n’ happenin’ version that would make James Last proud:

Fórmula 7 – “I’m A Believer” (1968)

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